Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Andrew Johnson

SWQ Branch President

Director Operations, CEO Designate, Somerset Regional Council

SWQ Branch committee

Seren McKenzie

Director Infrastructure Services, Southern Downs Regional Council

Dereck Sanderson
District Director (Darling Downs), 

Department of Transport and Main Roads

Luke Tanner

Manager Works, Goondiwindi Regional Council

Shelley Burchett

Assets Manager, Proterra Group

Maddy Stahlhut (Ambassador)

Graduate Engineer


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SWQ Branch President's Report, September 2019

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for supporting my nomination for SWQ Branch President in 2017. Two years has come and gone and I have very much appreciated your support and the support of our Branch committee comprising Andrew Johnson, Dereck Sanderson, Luke Tanner and Maddy Stahlhut, our IPWEAQ Ambassador.

I have also very much enjoyed my term on the IPWEAQ Board and look forward to continuing for another two years in a new role as the IPWEAQ Vice President. Andrew Johnson will be stepping up as your SWQ Branch President effective from the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held 24 October 2019 in Brisbane. I look forward to working with Andrew on the IPWEAQ Board.

If you are unable to attend the conference or the AGM with special resolutions, please be sure to request a Proxy Form from the CEO, Leigh Cunningham to ensure your vote is counted. The Board has devoted two years designing this new constitution to take us well into the next decade, and offering an opportunity for the next generation to mould the Institute to meet the dramatically changing needs of a future disrupted constantly by technology. Please be sure to vote in favour of our new corporate structure and supporting constitution.

After a fantastic two days in Gatton, we have an opportunity to again get together for the 2019 IPWEAQ Annual Conference in Brisbane, 22-24 October. I’m sure you all remember the great times we had last year and this year will be even better.

Your incoming Branch President, Andrew Johnson will be joining the affirmative team in this year’s Great Debate arguing that rural and regional engineers are far more adaptable than their city counterparts. We know from the Gatton conference that Andrew is a great speaker yet I’m sure he would appreciate any arguments you might like to share with him that will help the good guys win on the day. And make sure you are there to vote!

In the Futures Challenge, our branch will be represented by Mark Tomarchio from USQ who will be presenting on industry considerations for truck stability at roundabouts. The winner of the Futures Challenge will be announced at the excellence awards dinner/ceremony later that night and the winner chosen from your votes via the Conference app. You might recall our Ambassador, Maddy Stahlhut was the winner last year and will be presenting the award to this year’s winner.

Join TEAM IPWEAQ as we Ride the Second Range Crossing, Saturday 7 September 2019. If you are not yet a member of TEAM IPWEAQ, please contact Johanna Vanling to join the Team and secure your cycling jersey.

From all of us in the SWQ Branch, our very best wishes to our councils and consultants competing in the 2019 excellence awards. And importantly, I hear a great band has been lined up for us so be ready to celebrate!

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to offer our community’s support for those councils struggling with critical water issues. If you should need assistance, please don’t hesitate to call on the Institute via our Engineers for Disaster Relief program (contact our CEO) and we’ll be sure to bring support to your door. We wish we could bring you rain but engineers are the next best thing.

Angela fry

Previous SWQ Branch President


Madison Stahlhut

IPWEAQ Ambassador, SWQ

Maddy has just started her career with GHD in Toowoomba after undertaking an internship with Toowoomba Regional Council. Maddie wants to motivate young women and men to become involved in engineering and showcase the benefits of what an engineering career in public works can offer.